Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA)

    Effective July 1, 2021, school districts will be required by the Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA) to provide additional guarantees that student data is protected when collected by educational technology companies, and that data is used for beneficial purposes only (105 ILCS 85).


    DISTRICT REQUIREMENTS Below is an overview of the new requirements. Please refer to the legislation for specific timelines and components of each element. School districts must:

    • 1. Annually post a list of all operators of online services or applications utilized by the district.

      2. Annually post all data elements that the school collects, maintains, or discloses to any entity. This information must also explain how the school uses the data, and to whom and why it discloses the data.

      3. Post contracts for each operator within 10 days of signing.

      4. Annually post subcontractors for each operator.

      5. Post the process for how parents can exercise their rights to inspect, review, and correct information maintained by the school, operator, or ISBE.

      6. Post data breaches within 10 days and notify parents within 30 days.

      7. Create a policy for who can sign contracts with operators.

      8. Designate a privacy officer to ensure compliance.

      9. Maintain reasonable security procedures and practices. Agreements with vendors in which information is shared must include a provision that the vendor maintains reasonable security procedures and practices.


      Henry-Stark Counties Special Education #801 is a member of ISPA 

      The Illinois Student Privacy Alliance (ISPA) is a free consortium that allows school districts to access management tools and resources for data privacy agreements. All Illinois school districts are invited to join ISPA. When used in conjunction with clear policies and procedures, ISPA allows districts to comply with Illinois’ (SOPPA).  

      Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

      FERPA is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds from the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level.

      Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

      The primary goal of COPPA is to place parents in control over what information is collected from their young children online. COPPA was designed to protect children under age 13 while accounting for the dynamic nature of the Internet. The Rule applies to operators of commercial websites and online services (including mobile apps) directed to children under 13 that collect, use, or disclose personal information from children, and operators of general audience websites or online services with actual knowledge that they are collecting, using, or disclosing personal information from children under 13. The Rule also applies to websites or online services that have actual knowledge that they are collecting personal information directly from users of another website or online service directed to children. Read more

      Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

      CIPA was enacted by Congress in 2000 to address concerns about children’s access to obscene or harmful content over the Internet. CIPA imposes certain requirements on schools or libraries that receive discounts for Internet access or internal connections through the E-rate program. Read more

    •  Data breaches that involve 10% or more of students will have parent notification within 30 days.


    • Parents/guardians have the right to inspect, review, correct, and opt-out information maintained by the school, operator, and the Illinois State Board of Education. All requests should be directed to the Technologist by using the following email address: info@hscsed.org


    • If you would like to view the Digital Privacy Agreements that Henry-Stark Counties Special Education currently holds, please click the following link HSCSED DPA's